At the inauguration of the 7th Felipe Segovia Symposium, the president of SEK Education Group, Nieves Segovia, had a brief conversation with Stephen Heppell, director of the Felipe Segovia Chair of Innovation for Learning at Camilo José Cela University.
For Stephen Heppell, the objective of this new Symposium is “to build a community with purposes. And the main purpose is to be the best version of ourselves, for ourselves and for others. And the only way to achieve it is by learning, sharing, exchanging. And here we have a structure, a unique community for learning. We cannot know what the future will be like, but the future is there, around us, they are our students, and we can only advance with them by holding conversations, sharing, exchanging”.
For Heppell, the pandemic has also marked a watershed in education, “we have learned new things during this time, we have had to leave our comfort zone and we have had to adapt, to work together. It was like running to jump into the carriage of a train that has already left the station. We don’t know where that train is going, but we want to get on board”
In the professor’s view, when lockdowns were imposed, it was thought that there would be a lost generation in education. And yet students have shown that they have been able to adapt and that they have learned more in depth, they have gone into greater detail, and they have done it together, connected, they have shared, and they have learned. And now they face a new, more motivating world.
At that point in the conversation, Nieves Segovia asked Heppell if we are now in a good moment of transformation and if that transformation has come to stay or are we going to go back to what we knew, to conventional education. Are we facing a new era? Is it a point of no return?
For Heppell, we can only think about progress. Look around and see how we can improve. See how we can make children passionate about learning, lead them into the future, and see with them how to move forward.
We are facing a new opportunity to develop education. It is a real change, after a terrible educational experience in which the students have learned by themselves, and with their teachers, in community. A good foundation has been laid in Europe to get the best education possible and to be able to pass it on to future generations as we are fortunate to be able to share it.
“It is necessary to change and adapt. Learning must be long-term. A continuous curriculum, because learning progresses and we do not have to create this world for ourselves alone, but for future generations. It is exciting. Learning is the best and educator’s careers are unstoppable”, said Stephen Heppell.
And the Felipe Segovia Symposium is a way of encouraging our community, of anticipating what the society we are creating will be like. And in that work, the professor concluded, “each and every one of us matters. All dialogue matters, we have to keep talking. We all count in looking forward to and committing to an exciting future. “